I was hoping someone could shed some light on a situation. We can't seem to get our 3 1/2 month old Pugly to stop biting us! We've tried a few things that have been recommended either online or by a Petsmart trainer...yelling "ow!" really loud to startle him, taking away his toys, ignoring him, pressing our hands into his gums and pinning him down until he lays still. 

Nothing seems to work.

Any thoughts? Any tricks that have worked for you?

Thanks!

Carlene

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Comment by Helena Brown on October 28, 2012 at 7:01am

Now that was funny Carlene, the bit about him walking across the keyboard. It only seems like forever, he will grow out of this then you will get the new ones. As Pug Chick says and Karen says, we have all been there and like having babies you tend to forget how bad it was. I could not believe that mine  managed to whittle down the newel post at the foot of the stairs, destroy my small pine chest in the living room among other things. I was with him 24 hours a day as well. So chin up, keep a book and tell us how he is doing, we will try and help with the collective wisdom (ahem).

Comment by Carlene on October 27, 2012 at 6:51pm

oh, and the "0211" was Pugly walking across the keyboard just as I hit "add comment". *sigh*

Comment by Carlene on October 27, 2012 at 6:51pm

LOL, thanks!0211

Comment by Pug Chick on October 27, 2012 at 6:35pm

This is just the puppy stage.  It will take time to out grow but in the mean time do try the Nylabones. Also stuffed toys.  Mine love stuffed toys with a squeaker in them. Mine don't really care for rubber toys.  Also you can try keeping a spray bottle of water handy and give him a few squirts while saying NO!  When they just don;t want anything but your hand to bite I give up and put on a puppet to protect my hand and let them go at it.  Probably not the best training tool but ones gotta do what ones gotta do...lol  ON the matter of the treat he is still a little puppy he is gonna need small puppy size treats.  They do seem to like soft better than hard at this age too.  Good luck and patience!!!  LOL

Comment by Carlene on October 27, 2012 at 9:56am

I've found Pugly to be very picky about his treats. He'll like something once, but then not the next time we give it to him. He doesn't like treats that are hard or too big. Is anyone else's dog like this?

Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on October 27, 2012 at 9:12am

I like Mike and Cherokee's idea.   Consistent discipline is the key.  I read somewhere that it takes 50 tries for a dog to learn something.  I don't know if that is true but it seems that a puppy always gets into mischief.  I think more is that as he gets older he won't bite cause he was disciplined when he was younger but for now it will be alot of "ows" on your part .  I remember all of us sitting on the furniture with our legs up so the puppy couldn't grab us LOL!

Comment by Helena Brown on October 27, 2012 at 6:59am

He is young yet and like all babies he wants to put everything in his mouth. Hate to say this but endurance will see you through, and make sure he gets plenty of sleep. I thought that all puppies would just fall asleep when they got tired, not so. My Hektor had to be out to his bed once he got over excited and much more biting. Give him a chew bone, Nylabone do great ones, even those for cooling tender gums which you pop into the fridge. He will grow out of it. Honestly.

Comment by Mike and Cherokee Compton on October 26, 2012 at 8:20pm

Shini went through that stage when she was younger too. She finally came out of it, we just always kept & still keep LOTS of bones around, that seemed to do the trick. When she would start biting on us, we would hand her a bone & she would settle right down for the bone. Hope that helps.

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